Pakistani Airline Suspends Afghanistan Flights Due To Taliban “Sluggishness” – .

Pakistani Airline Suspends Afghanistan Flights Due To Taliban “Sluggishness” – .

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The airline said conditions had worsened since the Taliban formed a new Afghan government last month and that “the PIA and its staff in Kabul have been treated very harshly by the new [Taliban] commanders. The PIA said the commanders “changed regulations and flight permits at the last moment or decided on a whim rather than following international regulations.”
The statement also claimed that PIA’s representative in the country was “held at gunpoint for hours when he left the Pakistan Embassy compound” on “Taliban suspicion. to help and encourage ”those seeking to flee Afghanistan.

PIA also accused Afghanistan’s aviation ministry of halving the number of passengers on a flight this week that was already being checked in. nearly half a million dollars in losses for the airline due to rising insurance costs, ”the airline said.

The PIA resumed some charter flights to Kabul on September 13, nearly a month after the Taliban invaded the capital and took control of Afghanistan.

PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan told CNN on Thursday that the decision to resume flights to Kabul “was taken for purely humanitarian reasons and at the strong insistence of friendly organizations.”
Khan said the insurance premium on these flights is “so high” that it is “simply impossible to operate regular flights to Kabul as it is still considered a war zone by insurance companies. aeronautics’.

Khan also said that “it is very frustrating that the regulations continue to change for each flight and that authorities still confuse charter authorizations with schedule authorizations.”

Khan said PIA would reassess its decision to suspend flights “if the situation on the ground improves and [becomes] more conducive to international operations. “

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